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'In all labour there is profit.' Proverbs 14:23 NKJV

Whatever task they're doing, ants never see their work as menial or beneath their dignity. Whether it's moving dirt or carrying food, they get on with the job. We can sometimes be disappointed in the work we're doing, or think we deserve something better. Maybe we want to lead worship in church, but instead we're stuck putting the chairs out. Maybe we want to be a supervisor at work, but we're stuck doing the boring admin. But really, all work, whatever it involves, can and should be done for God's glory, not our own (see 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Proverbs 14:23 says, 'in all labour there is profit' (NKJV). Whatever job we're asked to do, there'll be something we can learn from it and something God's trying to teach us through it. Perhaps while we're putting the chairs out, God's teaching us patience. Maybe while we're ploughing through paperwork, God's developing our attention to detail. These might be qualities we need to carry out God's big plan for our life.

The word 'vocation' comes from the Latin word vocare, which means 'to call'. So every job or vocation, regardless of what it is, is a calling from God. Dr Martin Luther King Jr said: 'Not all men are called to specialised or professional jobs; even fewer to the heights of genius in the arts and sciences; many are called to be labourers in factories, fields and streets. But no work is insignificant.'

So what now? That task or work you're doing that seems insignificant - could God be teaching you something amazing through it?

Soulfood: Jer 45-48 Matt 6:9-18 Ps 110 Pro 15:8-9,

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